A first test train was launched on the 26 December 2014, on Akhalkalaki – Kartsakhi (Turkish border) railway section, Georgia’s fourth segment within the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway project (Marabda-Tetriskaro, Tetriskaro-Tsalka, Tsalka-Akhalkalaki sections and Akhalkalaki railway station). According to the Azerbaijan Transport Ministry, the testing was carried out successfully, and the train reached the border station. The 26.2 km section is ready for operation. It is planned to commission BTK project by the end of 2015.
Works were carried out by Marabda Kartsakhi Railway LLC.
Akhalkalaki gauge-changing railway station was designed by German J. Mayer H. Architects and is under final stage of construction. With its undulating cantilevers the stations roof and meshed metal façade, the station will give shelter to up to 3 million passengers per year.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line is being built in accordance with an inter-governmental agreement reached by Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Its capacity will peak at 15 million tonnes of cargo per year. Initially, the capacity will be 5 million tonnes of freight/year and one million passengers.
Photos: Marabda Kartsakhi Railway LLC, J. Mayer H. Architects